Best Induction Cooktop For RVs in 2020

Posted on October 27, 2020 by Daniel Renfro in Appliances

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Are you looking for a new induction cooktop for your RV? Are you looking for an upgrade for the current stove that doesn’t work whenever you want it to? Whatever the problem with your van’s cooktop, I got you covered!

Navigating through the mountain of awful products can be tricky, but I’m here to help. Throughout this article you’ll learn the pros and cons of five of the best induction cooktops for your camper. This will include the different types of cooktops, their effectiveness, ease of use and price range. As well as some helpful tips of what to get and what not to get. This will ensure that nothing gets in the way of your road trip culinary arts. There will be a FAQ at the end to answer some (literally and figuratively) burning questions.

By the end of this article you will become an expert in induction cooktops for your next RV trailer adventure. You should find the right product for you by the time you reach the bottom, with these helpful tips.

Pros & Cons of Induction vs Gas & Electric in an RV

Pros of Induction Cooktops in RVs

Induction stoves tend to be more heat efficient, using 90% of the heat that is generated. This keeps the kitchen much cooler and makes cooking more enjoyable. Depending on the model, on average induction cooktops heat up faster than a regular stove.

Induction cooktops are a lot safer to use. They are less prone to accidental kitchen fires, much to my delight. Since induction stoves are designed to only heat up cookware, they won’t burn your hand if you accidentally lean on it, or place a piece of paper on the burner (most induction stoves also turn off by themselves if they don’t detect a pan on it).

It is easy to control the level of heat on an electric stove and to adjust it.

Cons of Induction Cooktops in RVs

The upfront cost of induction stoves can be costly in comparison to the builtin stove that comes with the RV. Since induction stoves can be portable they are susceptible to being damaged when dropped. They are tough, but they are made with a glass top which will shatter if handled incorrectly.

The cooktop may take some time to heat up when turned on. Also you would need to purchase appropriate cookware.

Pros of Gas Stoves in RVs

Gas stoves usually come built in so no additional work is required to get them working. The heat source itself is a flame which doesn’t take time to heat up.

Cons of Gas Stoves in RVs

If your gas stove isn’t working you may need to replace it, which may be very costly, depending on the stove. At this point you might as well upgrade to induction.

Gas stoves may pose a safety hazard if there is a leak. They lose a lot of the heat they produce, meaning your kitchen and home will become stuffy and hot very quickly.

Induction cooktops can be built in (which will require some effort to install) and gas stoves come already built in. Not a pro or con, just something to consider, whatever your style of camper-cooking may be.

The fuel cost is the same with induction cooktops being slightly cheaper. Both induction and gas stoves have similar number of burners depending on choice, with gas stoves having at least 4 by default. Choose what is right for your style and you’ll never be disappointed. Now that you know the difference let’s go take a look at some awesome induction cooktops!

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of pans work on an induction cooktop?

Induction stoves require specialized cookware that are compatible with induction stoves. The types of cookware that work with induction stoves are magnetic bottom pans. Your regular pots and pans won’t work at all on induction stoves. Generally cast iron and iron pots will work. Stainless steel pans only work if they are magnetic. Tru sticking a magnet to your pots and pans and if they adhere well, then they will work on induction stoves.

How does an induction cooktop work?

Induction stoves work by generating a magnetic field underneath the pan. This magnetic field passes through the bottom of the pan, heating it up and allows you to cook your food. This is the reason why your normal pans won’t work on induction stoves. Since there is no transfer of thermal energy, there is less energy being wasted. Also the surface of the induction stove will remain cool and won’t burn you or your food if placed on a turned on burner.

How can I safely use an induction cooktop in an RV?

Induction stoves are completely safe to use. Since they use magnetism/electromagnetic radiation to heat up your cookware the stove itself doesn’t get hot. Don’t worry electromagnetic radiation is completely safe to use. The kitchen itself will be less hot and stuffy, which is a nicer environment to cook in. Non induction friendly cookware isn’t dangerous to use on an induction stove, it just won’t work. One thing to watch out for in induction stove cooking is properly installing the stove in your camper kitchen. If you have a portable one, you don’t have to worry. But if you are purchasing a built in one, then I highly recommend hiring a certified technician to install it for you.

What can I do to make my induction cooktop last longer?

An induction cooktop is simple enough to care off. They won’t break by themselves, but do make sure to check the lifetime hours of the stove you’re planning on purchasing. Just remember to clean the surface of the stove after cooking with a paper towel and water. There are some specialized induction stove cleaners, but they aren’t required. Just make sure not to use any sort of abrasive cleaners, steel wool, and scrubbies. Those types of cleaners can scratch the glass surface of an induction stove. Since the induction stove top is made of glass, make sure not to drop anything heavy on top of it as that can crack or shatter the stovetop.

In Summary

After reading this guide, you should find exactly what kind of induction stove you need. If you have any further questions, please don’t feel shy to leave them in the comment section below.

Remember you don’t need to buy ‘the best’ induction stove, just something that will work best for you and your camper van. The choices might seem overwhelming, just ask yourself, what is it that I need? The choice should be apparent to you.

Make sure to stay safe in your travels and your kitchen.

Happy cooking!